New York

Lynton Wells

Ruth Siegel

Since the early ’70s, when he first gained attention for his coolly intelligent analyses of the uneasy relationship between painting and photography, Lynton Wells has been a restless, independent, tough-minded artist, whose work has been nearly impossible to categorize. His accomplishment is all the more remarkable because he has neither ignored nor denied mainstream attitudes. In fact, his work embodies, among other things, one of the strongest scrutinies of Modernist and post-Modernist syntax to emerge in the last 25 years. The success of this ongoing examination is due to the artist’s continuing ability to evolve formal means that call into question our received notions of illusionism versus flatness, space versus surface, and fiction versus “truth.”

In its ruptures, transformations, internal cohesiveness, and continuities, the trajectory of Wells’ work is unlike any other I know of.

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